I've always been bad about attending to my characters' skills, particularly the universally available trio of Cooking, First Aid, and Fishing. Well, not First Aid—that one I always work up and keep current. Cooking I'm okay at. Fishing I just keep neglecting. So I decided that this time I wasn't going to neglect it, because I felt like having a character enter the new continent all skilled up. And voila!
(It would be nice to get Riding 300 and an epic flying mount, but after buying gems and spending some dough on things to turn in for reputation, Tivara's down to about 2600g, and I don't see myself making another 3000 in the next four days, somehow.)